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21 Sep 201909:19

Asics and Sympatex to ally Worn Again to move on ‘close the loop’

Japanese clothing and sport equipment group and German outdoor clothing weaver join forces with British company to develop a technology to recycle textile material.

17 May 2019 — 16:50

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The circularity is continuing its progress within fashion industry. Japanese clothing and sport equipment corporation Asics and the German outdoor clothing weaver Sympatex have joined forces with the British company Worn Again, which works on developing technology to recycle textile materials and give them back to the value chain.


Alongside with Asics and Sympatex, other companies have also allied with Worn Again, as the German linen supplier Dibella, American brand Dhana and Mexican groups Diretex and Himes. The technology Worn Again is working on will allow polyester and cellulose to separate from cotton without losing any attributes, to reintroduce them back into the productive system.


This alliance with Worn Again will let Asics and Sympatex have access to certain quantities of recycled raw material to start testing with them. H&M were pioneers on beting for the technology of the British company, entering in their capital to accelerate investigation.


Founder and CEO of Worn Again, Cyndi Rhoades, has explained that joining forces with strategical partners is the more effective way to make her project a reality. Rhoades highlights that they have been developing the technology and its infrastructure for eight years, but points that the brands will have to take the next step.

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